My name is Elsie J. Pelowook from Savoonga which is on St. Lawrence Island. I am a Siberian Yupik Eskimo and from the Lakaghmiit clan. Tagneghli is my eskimo name. Siberian Yupik is my first language. Norton Sound Health Corporation is my sponsor and after completion of this training program, I will be returning home to Savoonga to provide care as a DHAT.
Phylicia WildeBased in Toksook Bay
Employed by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
I have the experience of traveling to a faraway place in order to get dental treatment. As a child every time I had a toothache or cavity I had to travel to Bethel, just like everyone in my village. In Elementary School I went to Bethel many times in order to get my cavities and fillings done. One of the things most needed in the villages is a Dental Health Aide Therapist. When I was six I got as toy dentist kit for Christmas. I went to everyone in he house pretending to fix their teeth. After one year in training in Anchorage, and year 2 in Bethel, I now work as a Dental Health Aide Therapist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel.